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when “sparks joy” just isn’t cutting it

By now the odds are you’ve heard something about her royal organizing highness, Marie Kondo (creator of the KonMari Method and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up). She’s the woman notorious for telling those wanting to change their hoarding ways to ask the simple question of each object in their home: does this spark joy? More precisely, she […]

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coin clutter

When I was in middle school, my aunt gave me a large woven basket of change (mostly pennies). At the time, I was thrilled–who doesn’t want free money?! In retrospect, this gift was really her way of getting rid of her copious amounts of loose change while not really having to deal with it. Before you consider […]

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R.I.P. rubber bands

Is a house a home without a load of rubber bands lying around? I mean, they seem like such useful buggers, so why would you get rid of them? Answer: because – like everything in life – less is better (except for good friends, vacation time, and in my world, cats). Really people, why do […]

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the party’s over.

Picnic supplies–-whatcha packin’? More importantly, whatcha savin’ after the party is over and the coleslaw is done? One of the most common items I run across when I’m helping clients organize their kitchens is extra picnic supplies. You know the type: brightly patterned paper plates, red Solo cups and an assortment of disposable “silverware.” I’ve […]

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how to: make a rule, um, i mean filter in gmail

I love mail. This is no secret. BUT junk mail can seriously su#$ it. I’m serious. It clogs my inbox to the point of overwhelm and frustration. Most of it from someone in Zimbabwe or Russia selling me anything related to that three letter word… (sex). Yes, I said it. This blog is no longer […]

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vintage pinterest: get this look!

We’re all about transformations and this before & after featured in Getting Organized Magazine (winter 2012) is great example. In this case, it was a blank, blue slate with some semblance of an office and other miscellaneous furniture. Fast forward to a highly functional and stylish home office with red accents and a minimalist, but […]

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how to create a capsule collection

We’re talking wardrobe folks– capsule collection is a really fancy way to say I paired my sh$% down to 37 pieces of clothing that can mix and match with ease. I heard about if first from my friend Abby, who heard it from a blog called Unfancy. If everyone is talking about it, it’s worth […]

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never see junk mail in your email inbox again (video)

Here’s something crazy: 183 billion emails are sent and received each day. Thankfully, all 183 billion aren’t landing in your inbox, but some days it can feel like they are. Some of it is unavoidable and needs to be dealt with. Some of it can even be enjoyable. But we’re guessing that there’s a good […]

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saving space (and more) with a paperless lifestyle

We’re kicking off today by talking about how to save space by going paperless. This post isn’t the end-all-be-all of going paperless (we’d need to write a whole lot more than one blog if it we wanted to create that) but if you haven’t considered going paperless before, this is a good jumping off post […]

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mementos: 6 ways to deal with them right now

memento |məˈmenˌtō|noun (pl. mementos or mementoes) an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event: you can purchase a memento of your visit. The definition of memento gives us an important reminder–if you can’t actually remember what the souvenir was from or what it was supposed to represent, by all means–donate it. But […]

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